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Tips for Tackling Oily Skin Once and For All

First thing first. If you have oily skin, the first habit you should adopt is cleansing your skin daily. It is a good idea to wash your face both in the morning and in the evening. Certain cleansers will be better suited for your skin type. I advise selecting a cleanser that contains a salicylic acid or glycolic acid, plant-based ingredients commonly found in over-the-counter skincare products.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is researched and proven to improve almost any skin issue, and it works extremely well for oily skin. There's one for every skin type, even sensitive—start out with a over-the-counter retinol, which is gentler then the RX versions and gradually build up to a higher strength if needed. If you've yet to dip your toe into the vitamin A pool, consider this  workout plan: Use retinol twice a week at first, gradually working towards every other night, alternating with your chemical exfoliant.

Know your ingredients.

Know them, and don't rely on marketing jargon to tell you if something will break you out. What you can do is look to make sure any of these common irritants don't fall in the first few ingredients: SD Alcohol, denatured alcohol, witch hazel, menthols, peppermint, eucalyptus, or camphor.

The same is true with products labeled "oil-free," because according to experts, oil isn't the enemy. But it isn't always your friend, either. Some people are really into the concept of 'oil dissolves oil, but we recommend using lightweight non-oil serums and essences instead. And you can always dab on a richer product where needed: Jojoba, rosehip, and grapeseed oils are the three we  recommend on oily skin. Coconut, olive, avocado, apricot kernel, and sweet almond oils are ones to potentially avoid.

Mask and exfoliate regularly

You probably already know we’re huge masking fans here at Nallah. Regular masking will lead to maximum results. Masks with clays, like our Fruit Burst Antioxidant Mask can reduce oil for a few days, and leave your skin soft, smooth, and unwelcome oil-free,  but still keeping the always-welcome radiance.

Extract regularly, too.

You can do all the right things for your oily skin, and still need some extractions once in a while. Find an experienced aesthetician for a facial a few times a year. It’s all about  finding the right products, administer different types of peels, and utilize various technology to get your skin back on track.

Embrace the blotting paper.

It may seem trite, but it's true. They soak up excess oil and don't strip your skin, so its almost impossible to overuse them.  We hear Tatcha's are the superlative choice.


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